We first found out about the Franschhoek Wine Tram in a Cape Town tourism booklet and thought this would be a great experience. So we hired a little car in Cape Town and off went to Franschoek. We did make our booking before the time as these tours are extremely popular.
The ticket office is very easy to find as it looks just like the tram and buses. We quickly got our tickets then settled down for a cup of coffee before the start of the tour.
The ticket office and meeting point for the Wine Tram tour
Our first stop was at the beautiful Mont Rochelle Estate. We did not do any wine tasting there as our idea was to take photographs of vinyards and the area for our stock photography. Of course we also took plenty of photos for our own enjoyment too.
At the arranged time, the bus arrived to take us to the next wine estate on our list, which in our instance was La Bri Wine estate. This time we decided to try the wine tasting. We tried the chocolate and wine pairing and the Turkish delight and wine pairing options. The handmade chocolates and Turkish delights were sourced locally.
The next wine estate on our list was Holden Manz, where we tried various wines. We absolutely loved the Holden Manz Vernisage, which is a red wine, and we bought a bottle to bring home with us.
After the wine tasting we took a few more photos of the area before hopping on the bus to our next destination.
At La Couronne we again enjoyed wine pairing with chocolate and mini pizzas. It was around lunchtime so we ordered a large pizza as we probably needed to get some food into our stomachs after all the wine tasting. Well, I needed to anyway!
From La Couronne a tractor had to take us to the main road where we were met by the wine tram bus. Our next stop was Rickety Bridge Wine Estate where we tried a few more wines before heading back into town. Our mascot, Funky Monkey was with us every step of our tour… but I promise you, we never gave him any wine.
To find out more about the Franschhoek Wine Tram tours go to winetram.co.za.